Do you know whether you have ever come across a bed bug? You probably have not. Not yet, but the chances that you will are growing every day. This is because bed bugs are undergoing an explosion in their numbers and mankind is quite powerless to stop them at the moment, although a number of people are working on it.
You see, the problem is that bed bugs are pretty much tolerant to every insecticide that we have. They were almost wiped out in the West in the Forties and Fifties with the extensive use of DDT, but the ones that survived and the ones that have been brought into the country are resistant to pesticides.
Scientists are working on insecticides that will be effective against bed bugs, but there is no light at the end of the tunnel so far.
So, we are stuck with a burgeoning population of bed bugs. How do you get bed bugs? Normally, you just pick them up and take them home or someone does it for you. It is thought that foreign travel and immigration are largely responsible for the first members of our new bed bug population.
Nowadays, you can pick them up anywhere where people go: taxis, movie theaters, restaurants, hotels, motels, cars, buses and planes. Even in the doctor’s surgery.
It used to be believed that bed bugs only flourished in poor peoples’ houses, but this is incorrect. In fact, the rich are more likely to get them than the poor, because they travel more often. You can also be given bedbugs in secondhand furniture, clothing and suitcases.
Bedbugs like to creep into in cracks, so you could be sitting on a bus and one will clamber up the back of your coat and nuzzle under your collar. There it might lay a few eggs and walk off or it might go to sleep. When you get home, you will put your coat in the wardrobe and a few days later you will have your very own family of hungry little bedbugs. It is that easy.
Some bedbugs will also live on birds and bats. These bedbugs would rather bird blood, but if there are not many around, you may find them dropping from the ceiling onto you, if you have birds or bats in your loft. Bats are protected now, so you will have to have them removed, but you ought to discourage birds from nesting above you.
The bedbugs will be attracted to the CO2 on your breath and your body heat and then they employ pheromones to inform the others where you are. It typically only takes a bedbug five minutes to feed and then it goes back home to sleep it off for three to five days.
A mature bedbug has gone through six moultings and when a mature female has been inseminated, she can lay between 300 and 1,000 eggs in her lifetime of about six to twelve months. She will lay several eggs a day and they will hatch out in around ten days. So, you only need one expectant female and you are in trouble very soon.
If you have a few dozen females laying eggs in your mattress, it will take less than a fortnight before dozens of newborn bedbugs (called nymphs) are hatching out every day and then one of their relatives will lead them straight to you.
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